Join Date: Dec 2004
Bikes: Masi, Gary Fisher, Douglas Ti
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I lived in China for 5 years. rode bikes alot there (as do a billion other people there)
I rode several Phoenix bicycles, they were considered the best of the Chinese made bikes, sold mostly in China and other developing countries like Africa and parts of Eastern Europe.
They were heavy, and if you really rode it like I did, you had to work on it every day.
Brakes were especially high in maintenance, and could not be counted on. There were roadside "mechanics" everywhere, usually fixed flats and did adjustments, forget the wrenches, all they ever had was a common screwdriver, a hammer, and maybe a pliers.
Only an American would care about you chipping his paint while "adjusting" the brakes with a hammer.
More of us fat "Western Ghosts" should ride more and stay slim like the Chinese...